President Trump promise strong gun holder checking

President Trump promise strong gun holder checking

"If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly", Trump said, suggesting that 20 percent of a school´s teachers could be trained to carry concealed weapons. "And we're going to be looking at it very strongly, and I think a lot of people are going to be opposed to it, I think a lot of people are going to like it", Trump said during Wednesday's listening session with survivors and family members of victims of school massacres in Connecticut, Colorado and Florida at the White House.

Trump criticised media reports about his remarks on Wednesday in which he voiced his support for arming "adept" teachers to prevent such incidents in schools, the CNBC reported.

One idea he did not like was more "active shooter" drills, which some schools hold. "A gun-free zone, to a maniac - because they are all cowards - a gun-free zone is ´Let´s go in and let´s attack", Trump said.

Amid a continuing storm over gun violence in America following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, Mr Trump also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in USA schools, insisting: "There's nothing more important than protecting our children".

Scores of students from Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School joined other students from other high schools on Wednesday as protests against ending of gun violence gained momentum across the US.

President Trump hosts a listening session with high school students and teachers in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on February 21, 2018.

Holding signs reading "Never Again" and "Be The Adults, Do Something", teenaged survivors of last Wednesday´s shooting rallied outside the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee.

"I never said "give teachers guns" like was stated on Fake News CNN and NBC", the president wrote on Twitter.

"Evil walks among us and God help us if we don't harden our schools and protect our kids", said executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre. Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive.

In Washington, hundreds more gathered outside the White House chanting slogans against the National Rifle Association (NRA), the powerful gun lobby, and demanding action from Trump. He wrote that NRA officials "love our Country and will do the right thing".

Trump also promised "very strong" background checks on gun owners during the poignant "listening session" on Wednesday, in which he heard first-hand accounts from bereaved parents and friends, and schoolchildren who narrowly escaped with their own lives. A spokesman later said Mr Trump was speaking specifically about semi-automatic weapons.

A 19-year-old former student at Stoneman Douglas, Nikolas Cruz, has been charged with carrying out the shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Kansas senator Pat Roberts, another Republican, told reporters during a visit to the Kansas Statehouse that he supported raising age requirements, saying: "Certainly, nobody under 21 should have an AR-15", in reference to the rifle used in a number of mass killings.

As per U.S. federal laws, people must be at least 21 years old to buy a handgun from a licensed dealer, but they have to be only 18 to purchase a rifle or shotgun.

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